K-State volleyball prepares for TCU

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The K-State volleyball team celebrates a point against Texas on Oct. 1, 2016, in Ahearn Field House. (Maddie Domnick | The Collegian).

After a dominating performance Wednesday night, the Kansas State volleyball team will host TCU at 1 p.m. inside Ahearn Field House on Saturday.

The Wildcats are 13-4 overall and 2-2 in Big 12 play and have won 11 of their last 13 matches.

K-State took care of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Wednesday in straight sets in Lubbock, Texas.

The Wildcats were led in kills by junior opposite hitter Bryna Vogel, who had 12, while senior outside hitter Brooke Sassin provided 11.

A major reason for K-State’s success this year is assists. They are leading the Big 12 with 13.56 assists per set. Senior setter Katie Brand leads the conference in assists per set with 11.73 and has more than 730 assists in the season already.

The Wildcats were very happy to get senior libero Kersten Kober back on the floor as she was injured in the third set Oct. 1 in a match against Texas.

Kober returned to action against Texas Tech and made a big impact. She had 18 digs in the winning effort and ranks fourth in the conference with 4.14 digs per set, while the team also is fourth in the Big 12 in digs with 15.67 on average per set.

The Wildcats rank second in kills in the Big 12 with more than 14 per set, just behind Texas. But the Wildcats will have to watch out for blocks on Saturday because TCU ranks second in the conference in blocks.

The Horned Frogs are 10-5 overall this season and 3-2 in Big 12 play. They have lost two of their last three matches, including one on Wednesday when they were swept on the road at Baylor.

TCU is very talented when it comes to front hitters.

Horned Frog senior outside hitter Jillian Bergeson and senior middle blocker Regan McGuire both have 128 kills per set, which is just more than two on average per set. Another player to watch in the front is senior opposite hitter Sarita Mikals, who has 125 kills this season.

Last season, the Horned Frogs and the Wildcats split the season as both teams won on their home court, with those matches going into four and five sets.

TCU also made the NCAA Tournament, losing to the Hawaii Rainbow Wahines in five sets.

The Wildcats will have two straight road matches after the game on Saturday as they travel to Lawrence to take on Kansas and Norman, Oklahoma, to take on the Sooners next week.

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